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History San José

History San José (HSJ) is Silicon Valley’s largest and most comprehensive historical organization. History San José preserves and enriches the cultural heritage of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley through research, collections, partnerships, educational programs and events..

History San José operates three locations: History Park — a historical and cultural campus featuring 19 partner organizations who each tell their own history in their own words; the Peralta Adobe-Fallon House Historic Site — one of the oldest and most significant locales in San José; and the Collection Center — the Valley’s collective memory.

Every day we continue to collect contemporary history documenting the social and political happenings in the Valley. We preserve a collection of more than 500,000 artifacts, including a Research Library and Archive used by locals as well as a world-wide audience. We celebrate the Valley’s history by creating exhibitions featuring the collections; by engaging the community in fun hands-on family programs and events; and by offering award-winning, standards-based school programs for over 20,000 students and their teachers each year.

Contact Information:

History San José
1650 Senter Road
San José, CA 95112
Telephone: (408) 287-2290
Email: research@historysanjose.org

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Description : Dedication of California Historical Landmark No. 836 plaque commemorating the “Birthplace of Electronics” at the corner of Emerson Street and Channing Avenue, Palo Alto, 20 June 1970, where Lee de Forest developed the first vacuum tube amplifier and oscillator while working for Federal Telegraph Company. Recorded by Noel Porter for the Historical Committee of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers. Part 1: First part of the dedication ceremony held at Old City...
Topics: californialightandsound, Vacuum-tubes--History, Electronic industries--History, Palo Alto (Calif.)
Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Rasmussen, Irv
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Description : Series of interviews of Douglas M. Perham, the creator of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics, recorded at his New Almaden Museum in June and July 1963 by Erv Rasmussen. Perham was an early wireless experimenter and radio broadcaster, and a life-long collector. The Perham Collection parallels Perham’s career and documents early electronics in the West, particularly the Santa Clara Valley, from the early 1900s to 1960. Perham was Federal Telegraph Company’s first...
Topics: californialightandsound, Electronics, San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
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Description : Series of interviews of Douglas M. Perham, the creator of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics, recorded at his New Almaden Museum in June and July 1963 by Erv Rasmussen. Perham was an early wireless experimenter and radio broadcaster, and a life-long collector. The Perham Collection parallels Perham’s career and documents early electronics in the West, particularly the Santa Clara Valley, from the early 1900s to 1960. Perham was Federal Telegraph Company’s first...
History San José
by Rasmussen, Erwin A.
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Additional Title : The Eimac Story; Charles Litton; Dr. Leonard Fuller Description : Interviews by Erv Rasmussen conducted in 1963. Part 1: a) Interview with William Eitel and Jack McCullough, founders of EIMAC, conducted at the EIMAC plant in San Carlos, California; b) Interview with Charles Litton, glassblower and vacuum tube maker, and founder of Litton Industries, conducted in Grass Valley, California. Part 2: Interview with Dr. Leonard F. Fuller, chief engineer of Federal Telegraph Company...
Topics: californialightandsound, Rasmussen, Erwin A., Litton, Charles, Eitel, William, McCullough, Jack,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Rasmussen, Erv; Perham, Douglas M.
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Description : Interviews conducted by Erv Rasmussen and Douglas M. Perham at Perham's home in New Almaden, California, on June 14, 1963. Part 1: Wireless pioneer Archie Stevens was born in Litton, Iowa, and graduated Stanford University (1909). He discusses the earthquake in Palo Alto in 1906; working for Poulsen Wireless/Federal Telegraph Company as chief draftsman, designing and installing wireless stations in California, Oregon, Washington, and the Midwest. He left Poulsen/Federal with Cyril...
Topics: californialightandsound, Rasmussen, Erv, Perham, Douglas M., Stevens, Archie M., Laird, Ken, San...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Thorn Mayes
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“ History of Wireless Communication to 1930 .” April 4, 1975, 52 min. Talk by early wireless historian Thorn Mayes about commercial, government and amateur radio operations beginning in about 1897. Development of radio communication beginning with spark transmission and continuing thru early vacuum tubes to about 1930. Includes examples of the sound of multiple spark transmissions (QRM). From the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#02-5C), Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San...
Topics: Radio--History, Wireless telegraph--History, Wireless communication systems--History
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Note : False starts and silence during the first 2:20 of part two. Part 1: Interview with Philo Farnsworth, 1968 Part 2: Interview with Clifford Gardner, 1965 Description : Two interviews by Jane Morgan on the subject of Philo Farnsworth. Jane Morgan was the author of "Electronics in the West," a primer on the early electronics industry in California, published in 1967. She was also involved with the Foothill Electronics Museum, located at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. As part...
Topics: californialightandsound, Farnsworth, Philo, Television--History
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Rasmussen, Erv; Perham, Douglas M.
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Description : Interviews conducted by Erv Rasmussen and Douglas M. Perham at Perham's home in New Almaden, California, on June 14, 1963. Part 1: Wireless pioneer Archie Stevens was born in Litton, Iowa, and graduated Stanford University (1909). He discusses the earthquake in Palo Alto in 1906; working for Poulsen Wireless/Federal Telegraph Company as chief draftsman, designing and installing wireless stations in California, Oregon, Washington, and the Midwest. He left Poulsen/Federal with Cyril...
History San José
by Rasmussen, Erwin A.
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Description : Interview with former Federal Telegraph Company engineer Adrian L. Anderson, conducted July 25, 1963, at Douglas Perham’s residence in New Almaden, California. Anderson was born in Santa Cruz, California, in 1891, and was living in San Francisco at the time of the 1906 earthquake, which he describes in the interview. He studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University, and was hired by Federal Telegraph Company in 1916 while still in school. He taught at Montezuma High...
Topics: californialightandsound, Rasmussen, Erwin A., Anderson, Adrian, San Francisco Earthquake and Fire,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Perham, Douglas M.
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Description : Interview of Dr. Leonard F. Fuller by Douglas M. Perham at his New Almaden Museum near San Jose, February 4, 1965. Fuller tells the story of the Federal Telegraph Company's electromagnet given to the University of California as part of Dr. Ernest Lawrence's first cyclotron; history of early Federal Telegraph transmitting stations along the Pacific Coast; plans for the China station in Shanghai, for which the electromagnets were originally manufactured; Douglas Perham's part in...
Topics: californialightandsound, Perham, Douglas M., Fuller, Leonard Franklin, 1890-1987, Particle...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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by Thorn Mayes
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“ 25th Anniversary of Radio Broadcasting - 1945 .” November 10, 1945, 32 min. (California Historical Radio Society tape, Vol. 11, #1). Broadcast transcription from CBS radio station KCBS in San Francisco on their 36th year of broadcasting. Narration by Paul Corland Smith who was also the engineer for the 1945 broadcast. Topics include Lee de Forest transmission of music in 1907; Charles Herrold; 1909 scheduled broadcasting; first 2-way voice communication in 1915; Drs. Herrold and de Forest...
Topics: KQW, Doc Herrold, San Jose, radio broadcasting, history, KCBS, San Francisco, anniversaries, Lee de...
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by Morgan, Jane
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Description : This interview was recorded as part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the City of Palo Alto, highlighting pioneers who “helped contribute to the remarkable growth of Palo Alto and the Bay Area.” Jane Morgan, author of “Electronics in the West,” interviews William Hewlett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company. Amongst other topics, Hewlett describes his company’s efforts to diversify their workforce. This recording is part of the Perham...
Topics: californialightandsound, Morgan, Jane, Hewlett, William, Electronic industries--San Francisco Bay...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Rick Plummer
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History of radio stations WMT and KWCR Cedar Rapids, Iowa. First portion consists of silent footage of historic images of Douglas Perham's station operated out of his house in Cedar Rapids. (Perham started WJAM in 1922, which became WMT). The second part is an interview conducted by Rick Sellers in the summer of 1987 with Mildred Gilcrist, who lived next to the Perhams as a child and recalls what it was like living next to the family and station. This is followed by focused history of station...
Topics: radio broadcasting, radio stations, WMT, KWCR, Cedar Rapids, Douglas Perham, history, WJAM,...
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Part 1:  “ Frank Geisel on his Last Day at Radio Station KPH .” March 31, 1967, 18 min. Interviews and observations with operators and manager on Frank’s retirement as manager of Station KPH (Bolinas, California). Part 2: “ Richard Johnstone of Radio Station KPH .” Undated, 24 min. From “Sparks Journal” of Society of Wireless Pioneers, read by Larry Boyson. California Historical Radio Society tape, Vol. 11, #1. Both are from the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#76-3C, #77-CAS),...
Topics: telegraph operators, telegraph stations, radio stations, Station KPH, Bolinas, Pacific Coast, radio...
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by Thorn Mayes
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“ Interview of Howard Pyle by Thorn Mayes .” Undated, 36 min. Interview conducted in Seattle, circa 1973. Wide-ranging discussion of early wireless on the West Coast and Alaska. Note: This is a very informal conversation between Howard Pyle, Thorn Mayes, and possibly Warren Green, without introduction or question and answer format. Contains anecdotal information on Pacific Northwest early radio. From the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#45-3C), Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History...
Topics: Seattle (Wash.), Radio--History, Pacific Northwest, Wireless telegraph--History, Wireless...
History San José
by Mayes, Thorn
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Special CBS Network broadcast originating from KCBS (San Francisco), celebrating their 36th year of broadcasting. Narration by Paul Cortland Smith who was also the engineer for the 1945 broadcast. Topics covered: -- Lee de Forest transmission of music in 1907 -- Charles Herrold starts Herrold Engineering & Radio College in 1908 -- Scheduled broadcasting in 1909 -- First two-way voice communication (San Jose to San Francisco) in 1915 -- Drs. Herrold and de Forest demonstrate broadcasting at...
Topics: KCBS, KQW, Charles Herrold, Radio--History, Radio broadcasting--History, San Francisco Bay Area...
History San José
by Thorn Mayes
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“ Interview with Lee de Forest .” Circa 1950, 21 min. Recording from the Perham Foundation (California Historical Radio Society tape, Vol. 10, #2). Topics center around quality of radio broadcasting and future of television. From the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#65-CAS), Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San Jose. Transferred from audiocassette in 2015.
Topics: Lee De Forest (1873-1961), Radio--History, Radio broadcasting--History, Inventors,...
History San José
by Thorn Mayes
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“ Radio Station PH/KPH Spark History .” circa 1965, 35 min. Thorn Mayes and Commander Richard Johnstone, early manager of the station, discuss the history of the San Francisco station. Included are KPH messages transmitted with a spark transmitter having the same tone as KPH. From the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#70-7C), Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San Jose. Transferred from audiocassette in 2015.
Topics: San Francisco, radio broadcasting, history, wireless telegraph history, Pacific Hotel, Bolinas,...
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by Morgan, Jane
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Note : There are 90 seconds of silence after the introduction in part one. Additional Title : Interview with P. S. Williams Description : Interview of Philip S. Williams by Jane Morgan as part of research for her book, "Electronics in the West," published in 1967. Williams and his partner Oliver Johnson are featured in Chapter VI, which includes a profile of their Palo Alto garage start-up, Johnson-Williams Incorporated, founded in 1927 or 1928 at 430 Tennyson Avenue. Johnson-Williams...
Topics: californialightandsound, Williams, Philip S., Gas industry--Safety measures
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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Additional Title : The Eimac Story; Charles Litton; Dr. Leonard Fuller Description : Interviews by Erv Rasmussen conducted in 1963. Part 1: a) Interview with William Eitel and Jack McCullough, founders of EIMAC, conducted at the EIMAC plant in San Carlos, California; b) Interview with Charles Litton, glassblower and vacuum tube maker, and founder of Litton Industries, conducted in Grass Valley, California. Part 2: Interview with Dr. Leonard F. Fuller, chief engineer of Federal Telegraph Company...
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Description : Part 1 was recorded in Palo Alto, California, on February 2, 1965, with questions by Leonard Fuller. McCarty describes the early experiments in wireless telegraph in San Francisco/Oakland by his brother Francis McCarty, the circumstances of his brother's death in Oakland, his wireless experiments in Palo Alto in 1908 while the McCarty laboratory was set up at Stanford University, and Cyril Elwell's involvement in the McCarty Wireless of Arizona company. Part 2 is the second part...
Topics: californialightandsound, Telegraph, Wireless--History, Radio--History, Elwell, C. F. (Cyril Frank),...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Institute of Radio Engineers. San Francisco Section.
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Additional Title : Federal Opening Description : Recorded on Saturday, December 15, 1956, at the official opening of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation’s Federal Telecommunications Laboratory in Palo Alto, California, under the direction of William S. Chaskin. To celebrate Federal’s “homecoming” to Palo Alto, a large group of Federal Telegraph Company employees gathered for a reunion. Production of the recording was undertaken by the Historical Committee of the...
Topics: californialightandsound, Patten, William R., Telegraph, Wireless--History, Radio--History,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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by Thorn Mayes
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“ Interviews at Society of Wireless Pioneers Convention by Gordon Greb, Jr. ” April 19, 1975, 59 min. Recorded in San Mateo, California. Interviewees Ray Newby, broadcasting assistant to Dr. Herrold in San Jose; Richard Germain, an early shipboard wireless operator; Willard D. Edson, radio operator aboard U.S. Army Air Corps. dirigibles; Lee Fassett, United Wireless Telegraph operator; Bill Breniman, founder and General Manager of S.O.W.P.; Thorn Mayes, early wireless historian. Part of the...
Topics: kqw, kcbs, doc herrold, san jose, radio history, wireless telegraph, telegraph operators, radio...
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by Thorn Mayes
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“ The Ampex Story .” October 17, 1974, 60 min. Talk by Ampex engineer Harold Lindsay at Foothill College Museum (Los Altos Hills, California). Traces the history of the Ampex Corporation starting in 1944. Lindsay is introduced by Jane Morgan, author of the book Electronics in the West (1967). Transferred from audiocassette in 2015. Part of the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#55-CAS), Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San Jose.
Topics: Ampex Corporation, Magnetic recorders and recording--History, San Carlos (Calif.)
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“ Talk by Dr. E. B. Myers .” October 1969, 68 min. Speech given at Antique Wireless Association meeting. Topics include Edison effect in lamps; Fleming valve; Myers valve, audion, challenging existing patents; Charles Logwood; wireless telephone with Poulsen arc; light valve; heterodyne between two transmitters; significant early wireless developments; Major Edwin Armstrong. From the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#21-5C), Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San Jose. Transferred...
Topics: Radio--History, Wireless Telegraph--History, Vacuum tubes--History, Edwin H. (Edwin Howard)...
History San José
by Greb, Gordon B.
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Description : Interview of Sybil M. True (formerly Herrold) in San Jose by Professor Gordon Greb of San Jose State University. True was the first woman to ever broadcast a regularly scheduled radio program; the world's first broadcasting station was founded in 1909 by her husband Charles D. Herrold. Part of the Mike Adams Collection on Charles D. Herrold, Perham Collection of Early Electronics. Call Number : 2003-55-2 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by History San Jose. Transmission or...
Topics: californialightandsound, Radio broadcasting--California, Northern--History, Interview, San Jose...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
History San José
by Green, Warren
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Note : Silence from 00:11:02 - 00:11:56. Description : Interview with Arthur E. Harrison in which Harrison discusses his work on klystron tubes at Stanford University and San Carlos (Calif.) in the late 1930s and early 1940s with Russell and Sigurd Varian. This work was supported by the Sperry Corporation, who incorporated klystron technology into their radar and microwave products. Date of the interview is unknown; likely circa 1970. Part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics. Call...
Topics: californialightandsound, Electronic industries--History, Electronics, Klystrons, Sperry Rand...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
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Description : Interview with engineer Harold Elliott discussing his personal background, education at Stanford University, work with Federal Telegraph Company in Palo Alto (Calif.), and later work with Galvin Manufacturing Corporation and Motorola (part 1 of 2 from 00:00:00 to 00:42:16). In the second half of the recording, Douglas Perham continues a tour of his electronics collection at New Almaden Museum (part 1 of 2 from 00:42:16 through end and part 2 of 2). Part of the Perham Collection of...
Topics: californialightandsound, Engineers--Biography, Electronics--History, Collectors and collecting,...
Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
History San José
by Rasmussen, Erwin A.
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Description : Interview with former Federal Telegraph Company engineer Adrian L. Anderson, conducted July 25, 1963, at Douglas Perham’s residence in New Almaden, California. Anderson was born in Santa Cruz, California, in 1891, and was living in San Francisco at the time of the 1906 earthquake, which he describes in the interview. He studied mechanical engineering at Stanford University, and was hired by Federal Telegraph Company in 1916 while still in school. He taught at Montezuma High...
History San José
by Thorn Mayes
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“ Interview of Fred Manglesdorf by Thorn Mayes .” November 10, 1974, 37 min. Topics include Kilbourne and Clark Co., Shipowners Service Co., Pacific Radio School, Federal Telegraph Company magnet used by the University of California as their first cyclotron. From the Thorn Mayes Sound Recordings (#16-5C), Perham Collection of Early Electronics, History San Jose. Transferred from audiocassette in 2015.
Topics: cyclotrons, Federal Telegraph Company, shipping, history, wireless telegraph, telegraph operators,...
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Note : Machine noise, hum and hiss recorded in original tape. Description : Recording of Dr. Leonard F. Fuller, former Chief Engineer for Federal Telegraph Company, discussing their high voltage laboratory in Palo Alto. Recorded by Marion Elliott for the Foothill Electronics Museum in Los Altos Hills, California. Part of the Perham Collection of Early Electronics at History San Jose. Call Number : 2003-47-51 Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by History San Jose. Transmission or...
Topics: californialightandsound, Electronic industries--San Francisco Bay Area--History, Federal Telegraph...
Source: 2 Tapes of 2: 1/8 inch audio cassette
History San José
by Peck, Eleanor de Forest
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16 mm color, silent home movie, very likely recorded by the inventor Lee de Forest's daughter, Eleanor de Forest (Peck). A man, likely Eleanor's husband, is seen walking down a suburban driveway with his three young children - two girls and one boy - dressed in their Sunday best. They walk out to the road, carrying their parasols, where a car has arrived. Lee de Forest and his wife Marie exit the car and embrace the children. The children then walk with grandfather Lee back up to the house....
Topics: De Forest, Lee, 1873-1961
History San José
by Adams, Michael H.
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Note : Tape 1 begins at 00:01:45, tape 2 begins at 00:02:08, and tape 4 begins at 00:01:23. Originally four tapes; tape 3 is missing. Description : Believed to be interview of Constance Perham by Mike Adams while Adams was on the Board of Directors of the Perham Foundation in Los Altos Hills. Perham was married to Douglas M. Perham, who created the Perham Collection of Early Electronics documenting electronics in the West in the first half of the 20th century. Constance Perham founded the New...
Topics: californialightandsound, Collectors and collecting, Mining--California--Santa Clara County,...